Ohio Governor: Repeal Obamacare, but Not the Good Parts
That view is nearly never heard, at least publicly, amongst the vast majority of Republicans, let alone those thinking about running for the presidency in 2016.
Kasich however said his words were taken wrong. He said he had been talking specifically about a repeal of the Medicaid expansion, which Ohio implemented, and not the broader Affordable Care Act.
The GOP government said that from the first day, through today and into tomorrow, he did not support Obamacare. He said he never has and believes it will be repealed.
Expect he said for the expansion part dealing with Medicaid, which would not exist without this law. The governor believes there should be a way to save that part.
Kasich said he has favored the expansion of Medicaid but does not feel expanding Medicaid is really connected with Obamacare.
If the Senate is controlled by the Republicans following the November election, they will repeal Obamacare, said Kasich. However, he said there should be an accommodation for the expansion of Medicaid.
Kasich is just the latest Republican who is high profile to struggle with the implication involved in repealing Obamacare as some American are beginning to feel its benefit.
Last week during a debate, Mitch McConnell advocated that Obamacare be pulled out by root and branch.
However, he said the successful exchange in Kentucky by which enrollees are able to receive subsidies from the federal government to purchase health insurance should continue.
Thousands and thousands of new eligible people enrolled in Ohio’s Medicaid and the state is expecting another 360,000 to sign prior to next summer.
Kasich infuriated some conservatives when bypassing the Legislature that is Republican controlled to expand Medicare.
Kasich said that he was focused on winning his reelection in the next few weeks. He faced little backlash politically in Ohio over the expansion of Medicaid and in his primary was unchallenged.
However, if he were to run for president he would face Republicans who hate Obamacare.